Feds unraveling conspiracy details on the DC riot


Melina Mara/Washington Post

FBI agents around the country are working to unravel the various motives, relationships, goals and actions of the hundreds of Trump supporters who stormed the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6. Some inside the bureau have described the Capitol riot investigation as their biggest case since the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, and a top priority of the agents’ work is to determine the extent to which that violence and chaos was preplanned and coordinated

An indictment Friday night charged a member of the Proud Boys, Dominic Pezzola, 43, of Rochester, N.Y., with conspiracy, saying his actions showed “planning, determination, and coordination.” Another alleged member of the Proud Boys, William Pepe, 31, of Beacon, N.Y., also was charged with conspiracy.

One of the comments cited in the FBI memo declared Trump supporters should go to Washington and get “violent. Stop calling this a march, or rally, or a protest. Go there ready for war. We get our President or we die.”

RTFA. Classic coordination for demonstrations is always fertile ground for folks who prefer violence over public support for whatever political position. Poisonally, I think they need to have their heads examined if they believe they can rollout a Banana Republic coup in a nation with inertia and ennui designed into the genetics of political processes.

Preferably, the exams should be conducted by a prison doctor.

11 thoughts on “Feds unraveling conspiracy details on the DC riot

  1. 4therecord says:

    By Nov. 12, former President Donald Trump’s team of election lawyers knew he had lost his re-election bid, that despite Trump’s tweets and public comments, “there was no substantial evidence of election fraud, and there were nowhere near enough ‘irregularities’ to reverse the outcome in the courts,” The New York Times reports. But their protestations just made Trump turn to allies telling him what he wanted to hear, so Nov. 12 was also the day “Trump’s flimsy, long-shot legal effort to reverse his loss turned into something else entirely — an extralegal campaign to subvert the election, rooted in a lie so convincing to some of his most devoted followers that it made the deadly Jan. 6 assault on the Capitol almost inevitable.” https://theweek.com/speedreads/964241/white-house-allies-secretly-wrote-texas-lawsuit-asking-supreme-court-overturn-bidens-win

  2. Follow the money says:

    “A congressional oversight committee is investigating whether Parler has financial ties to Russian entities, citing reports that the right-wing social network “allowed Russian disinformation to flourish” before the election and hosted calls for violence before a Trump-incited mob stormed the Capitol on January 6. The committee’s chairwoman sent a letter to Parler COO Jeffrey Wernick today, demanding documents on Parler’s ownership, potential ties to Russian individuals or entities, and reported negotiations between Parler and the Trump Organization.” https://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2021/02/parlers-ownership-offer-to-trump-and-possible-russian-ties-probed-by-congress/
    “Parler CEO John Matze has been fired just weeks after the conservative social network went dark.
    Matze, who confirmed his firing on LinkedIn, sent a note to Parler employees announcing that the board, led by prominent conservative donor Rebekah Mercer, had terminated him on Jan. 29.
    The move comes just three weeks after Parler was taken offline by Amazon Web Services, along with Google, and Apple’s app stores, for failing to moderate violent content and hate speech amid the U.S. Capitol riots on Jan. 6. Trump supporters had flocked to the service in the run up to the presidential election, angry at other social networks for what they described as censoring of conservative voices.” (Fortune Feb 3, 2021) https://fortune.com/2021/02/03/parler-ceo-fired-john-matze-board-conservative-social-media/

  3. 5th column says:

    (2/15/21): The Huffington Post has a running tally with profiles of the 57 Republican lawmakers and officials who have been identified as attendees of the protests that led to the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol. https://www.huffpost.com/entry/57-gop-officials-at-capitol-insurrection_n_6026e5e2c5b6f88289fb90a6?section=politics&ncid=tweetlnkushpmg00000016
    “Many have since sought to avoid responsibility for their part in it all. Of the 57 GOP officials identified as being at the rally, afterward at least 20 pushed the false conspiracy theory that ‘antifa,’ or leftist anti-fascists, actually started the violence — a claim that’s been rendered increasingly absurd with the arrests of about 200 Trump supporters since Jan. 6.”
    (2/15/21): “New police radio dispatches and security footage from the January 6 US Capitol riot paint an even sharper picture of how the insurrectionists at times showed little fear of the police as they launched a large and coordinated attack,” https://www.cnn.com/2021/02/15/politics/video-dispatches-capitol-riots/index.html

  4. Update says:

    The FBI has arrested a former State Department aide from the administration of former President Donald Trump in connection with the January 6 storming of the United States Capitol, according to US media. https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2021/3/5/trump-appointee-arrested-in-connection-with-capitol-riot-reports
    “Officers maced, trampled: Docs expose depth of Jan. 6 chaos” https://apnews.com/article/docs-expose-depth-january-6-capitol-siege-chaos-fd3204574c11e453be8fb4e3c81258c3

  5. Footnote says:

    Rep. Zoe Lofgren, D-Calif., has released a detailed examination of the social media accounts of Republican House members who voted to overturn the 2020 election results to analyze what role they might have played in inciting the deadly violence at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6. https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/congress/taking-names-democratic-rep-lofgren-catalogues-gop-colleagues-election-claims-n1259742
    “Like former President [Donald] Trump, any elected member of Congress who aided and abetted the insurrection or incited the attack seriously threatened our democratic government,” Lofgren wrote in the prologue to her 1,939 page “social media review.” https://lofgren.house.gov/sites/lofgren.house.gov/files/Texas.pdf

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